Howard Charles "Bud" Walton, a retired plumbing company owner and nursing home volunteer, died of cancer Sunday at St. Agnes Hospital. The Catonsville resident was 78.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Harlem Avenue, he was a 1948 Polytechnic Institute graduate and worked at the Glenn L. Martin Co. as a young man. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.
He joined the Charles H. Mullenberg Company in 1950, a business founded in 1876 by Mr. Walton's great-grandfather.
Mr. Walton became a master plumber in 1964 and was owner of the Mullenberg business from 1968 to 1991, when he retired. At his death, he was a consultant to its current owner, his son, Richard Thomas Walton of Ellicott City.
He was a former member of the West Baltimore United Methodist Church and was a volunteer at the Catonsville Commons nursing home for more than 20 years. He directed patients in singing and read the Psalms at a Sunday service he led with other volunteers.
Mr. Walton coached and managed in the Catonsville Recreation and Parks Little League from 1965 to 1974. He co-founded the Oak Crest Homeowners Community Association in 1973.
Services were held Thursday at Grace Bible Baptist Church in Catonsville.
In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Lois Evans; a daughter, Barbara Anne Hilton of Catonsville; a sister, Margaret Virginia Wheatley of Ocean Pines; and three grandchildren.